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FBI Launches $1 Billion Face Recognition Project

by Sara Reardon | New Scientist

The Next Generation Identification programme will include a nationwide database of criminal faces and other biometrics

"FACE recognition is 'now'," declared Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in a testimony before the US Senate in July.

It certainly seems that way. As part of an update to the national fingerprint database, the FBI has begun rolling out facial recognition to identify criminals.

It will form part of the bureau's long-awaited, $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme, which will also add biometrics such as iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification to the toolkit. A handful of states began uploading their photos as part of a pilot programme this February and it is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014. In addition to scanning mugshots for a match, FBI officials have indicated that they are keen to track a suspect by picking out their face in a crowd.

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All you have to do is drop

All you have to do is drop your jaw and then the facial recognition system is useless...

"FBI has already partnered

"FBI has already partnered with issuers of state drivers' licences for photo comparison."

This is the part that worries me.

If the FBI want to really

If the FBI want to really find criminals they should start in the White House.

Bob Marshall

I think...

I'm going to take special effects make-up classes and offer my highly skilled services on craigslist for a premium.

This is so freaking ridiculous

What next?

Why? All the powerful criminals carry Federal credentials.

Another waste of money by our idiot Congress..

Free includes debt-free!

MORE in your FACE kind of technology

invading our privacy---SO MUCH FOR PRIVACY----it means nothing to our government which is 'supposed' to protect us from that.

If a neighbor were spying on you and invading your privacy, they could be charged with a FEDERAL crime via the wire-tapping laws out there, but not if it's the "government".